Have you ever considered how your dog’s happiness, health and behavior might be integrally connected to her degree of freedom? And how respecting a dog’s culture and identity may reduce stress and anxiety and allow your dog a greater sense of freedom and happiness? Australian dog trainer and behavior consultant, Sylvie Martin, lays out the case for more emotional, social and physical freedom for dogs, and gives us a glimpse at the current state of dogs’ freedom Down Under.
Dog Trainer and educator, Kristi Benson, follows up her last post on how she learned everything she needs to know about dog training from a hornet. In this post, Kristi describes how she helped her fearful dog Datson, overcome his fear of hornets. Great example of how to help a dog overcome his aversive-induced fear!
What could a hornet possibly teach us about dog training? The answer could mean everything to your dog. Another artfully-written and engaging post by dog trainer and educator, Kristi Benson, who introduces us to her Alaskan husky, Datson. Find out how a hornet inadvertently changed Datson’s life and what the implications are for dogs who are *purposely* trained with “hornets” (aversive stimuli).
Jessica Perry Hekman, DVM, PhD, tackles The Question – Is genetics absolute? In other words, can some dogs be dealt a bad hand genetically and be doomed to a life of bad behavior? She addresses real world questions like “Are pit bull-type dogs genetically aggressive toward people?” and “Is my dog aggressive because of poor socialization (my fault) or bad genetics (the breeder’s fault)?Behavior Research, canine genetics, dog behavior, heritability